Curly kale

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steve r

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Curly kale
« on: March 28, 2007, 22:23 »
I haven't had Curly Kale since i was a kid (a long time ago).
Can anyone tell me what are the best varieties to use  please ? :?:
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2007, 22:26 »
Has to be Dwarf Green Curled.   Black Tuscany gets good reports but I've never tried it

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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007, 22:36 »
* i have to agree with him agin loll
still alive /............

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steve r

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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2007, 22:37 »
Thanks WG,best get on with it.

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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2007, 22:42 »
Quote from: "muntjac"
* i have to agree with him agin loll

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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2007, 06:53 »
I found curly kales too prone to nasties like mealy aphids and whitefly which settle in nicely and lurk amongst all the curly bits.  
So instead I grow the varieties Nero di Toscana and Red Winter.  
Red Winter has lovely oak-leaf shaped leaves on pinky stems and I've found it to be hardy through the coldest frostiest winters - I'm still picking leaves and getting fresh greens now.
Gardening organically on chalky, stony soil.

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« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2007, 11:34 »
For the first time I grew Nero di Toscana last year ... really tasty stuff

... AND the sky rats don't like it  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

... also my office is only at the bottom of the road from Seeds of Italy ... and I like it there  :shock:  :roll:  :D   :lol:  :wink:
"He who plants a garden plants happiness"

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2007, 17:21 »
My dwarf green curly kale got loads of whitefly... but it didn't affect the plants. Eventually towards the end of winter the whitefly gave up and mostly left. Never had a problem with mealy aphids. Kale is suppose to be quite hardy against pests and such compared to the other brassicas.
wistfully hoping to one day be mostly organic gardener in North London.

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muntjac

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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2007, 19:44 »
pests ? wot pests .they attack plants . i attack them harder with anything that shifts em even a hosepipe with a jet on shifts em :wink:

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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2007, 22:41 »
I got some black tuscan kale seeds in a lucky dip seed offer . Nero di Toscana sound more exciting though.
Self-sufficient in rasberries and bindweed. Slug pellets can be handy.

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« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2007, 09:09 »
Is Black Tuscan Kale and Nero di Toscana not the same just  plant....just a translation?
Must get some seeds to try.
Bought some Red Russian Kale at an organic stall back end of last year and it was delicious. So have bought some seed to try. Anyone else tried this?
Still searching for Aura potato seed.
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2007, 09:12 »
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Is Black Tuscan Kale and Nero di Toscana not the same just  plant....just a translation?
 Pssst ... I think that's her point.

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milkman

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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2007, 10:09 »
...I just call it like it says in the catalogue... :wink:

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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2007, 10:22 »
Quote from: "flowerlady"
For the first time I grew Nero di Toscana last year ... really tasty stuff

... AND the sky rats don't like it  :D  :D  :D  :D  :D

... also my office is only at the bottom of the road from Seeds of Italy ... and I like it there  :shock:  :roll:  :D   :lol:  :wink:

Lucky you Flowerlady....ever throught of going through their bins???? :)



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